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Time Bandits (1982)

Director: Terry Gilliam     Starring: John Cleese
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Format: DVD
Sku: 218901561
UPC: 014381658422
UPC 14: 00014381658422
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Editor's Note
Plunging headfirst into history, director Terry Gilliam fearlessly brings the logic of children's fairy tales to bear as he navigates through myth and legend in a bizarre, ingenious retelling of THE WIZARD OF OZ. A boy and six good-natured little persons careen through time-twisting interactions with Napoleon, Robin Hood, and Agamemnon, among others, with a map the little people stole from their employer, the Supreme Being. But their intention is to rob their way through the past, which does not make their boss happy. Meanwhile, Evil is after the map in order to become the Supreme Being himself. The result is an extraordinarily visual extravaganza that overflows with Gilliam's ecstatic vision. The film is shot from a child's viewpoint, both through the character of Kevin and the placement of the camera. One of the morals of this thoroughly enjoyable, charming fantasy is that heroes aren't always all they're cracked up to be. Fun special effects and great supporting performances abound, including terrific turns by Ian Holm, John Cleese, Ralph Richardson, and especially David Warner as Evil.


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Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Image Entertainment
Video Release Date Release Date: 2/1/2011
Video Play Time Running Time: 111 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1982
Video UPC UPC: 00014381658422
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Jack Purvis
Video Cast Info Terence Bayler
Video Cast Info Ian Muir
Video Cast Info Charles McKeown
Video Cast Info Edwin Finn
Video Cast Info Shelley Duvall
Video Cast Info David Rappaport
Video Cast Info Derrick O'Connor
Video Cast Info Mike Edmonds
Video Cast Info Preston Lockwood
Video Cast Info Chris Grant
Video Cast Info John Cleese
Video Cast Info Sheila Fearn
Video Cast Info Winston Dennis
Video Cast Info Mark Holmes
Video Cast Info Peter Jonfield
Video Cast Info Katherine Helmond
Video Cast Info Tiny Ross
Video Cast Info Neil McCarthy
Video Cast Info David Aaron Baker
Video Cast Info Derek Deadman
Video Cast Info Craig Warnock
Video Cast Info Andrew MacLachlan
Video Cast Info Sean Connery
Video Cast Info David Warner
Video Cast Info John Hughman
Video Cast Info Marcus Powell
Video Cast Info Malcolm Dixon
Video Cast Info Leon Lissek
Video Cast Info Martin Carroll
Video Cast Info Michael Palin
Video Cast Info Myrtle Devenish
Video Cast Info Del Baker
Video Cast Info Tony Jay
Video Cast Info Kenny Baker
Video Cast Info Roger Frost
Video Cast Info Peter Vaughan
Video Cast Info John Young
Video Cast Info Declan Mulholland
Video Cast Info Ian Holm
Video Cast Info Jim Broadbent
Video Cast Info Jerold Wells
Video Cast Info Ralph Richardson
Video Cast Info Brian Bowes
Video Cast Info Juliette James
Video Cast Info Michael Palin - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info George Harrison - Composer
Video Cast Info Hazel Cote - Costume Designer
Video Cast Info Peter Biziou - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Mike Moran - Composer
Video Cast Info Terry Gilliam - Producer
Video Cast Info Terry Gilliam - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Milly Burns - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Trevor Jones - Composer
Video Cast Info James Acheson - Costume Designer
Video Cast Info Julian Doyle - Editor
Video Cast Info Terry Gilliam - Director
Plot Summary
In Terry Gilliam's brilliant epic voyage through time and space, a group of diminutive assistants to the Supreme Being steals a much-coveted map of the universe that reveals gaping flaws through which time travel is possible. When they invade the bedroom (through the wardrobe, in an homage to C.S. Lewis's THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA) of a young boy named Kevin, he joins them for run-ins with Napoleon (Ian Holm), Robin Hood (Monty Python's John Cleese), Agamemnon (Sean Connery), an Ogre (Peter Vaughan), and Evil (David Warner). The darkly playful script is co-written by Gilliam's fellow former Pythonite Michael Palin, who also appears in the film.

Professional Reviews

"...BANDITS is good on technical virtuosity..." 07/22/1981

New York Times
"...A cheerfully irreverent lark -- part fairy tale, part science fiction, part comedy..." 11/06/1981 p.C8

USA Today
"...[With] the funniest Robin Hood ever..." 03/03/1995 p.3D

Total Film
"...The movie's as perversely entertaining as it ever was..." 08/01/2000 p.108

Total Film
4 stars out of 5 -- "[E]very bit as much a marauding sensual riot as it is a history-hopping conundrum." 09/01/2006 p.120

4 stars out of 4 -- "[A]n ingenious fantasy....[Gilliam's] most consistently entertaining..." 10/01/2006 p.157

3 stars out of 4 -- "A fun and whimsical journey that is vintage Terry Gilliam." 08/24/2010

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